KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
Company originated 1923 at Gifu when opened as Kakamigahara subplant for aircraft division of Kawasaki Dockyards. Present Gifu facility is on 712,000 m2 (7.66 million sq ft) site with 291,000 m2 (3.13 million sq ft) covered area. Nagoya 1 Works, opened December 1992, has site and covered areas of 71,000 and 10,000 m2 (764,250 and 107,650 sq ft) respectively; corresponding figures for Nagoya 2 (opened 1979) are 18,000 and 6,000 m2 (193,750 and 64,600 sq ft).
Kawasaki Aircraft Company has built many US aircraft under license since 1955; amalgamated with Kawasaki Dockyard Company and Kawasaki Rolling Stock Manufacturing Company to form Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd 1 April 1969; Aerospace Group employs some 3,200 people; Gas Turbine & Machinery Group has some 800 aerospace-related employees. Kawasaki has had 25 per cent holding in Nippi since 1970; increased to 100 per cent with effect from 1 April 2003.
Kawasaki prime contractor on recently completed T-4 programme and for OH-1 observation helicopter; now also leading development of C-X/P-X transport/maritime patroller programme; co-developer and co-producer, with Eurocopter, of BK 117/EC 145 helicopter; is prime contractor for Japanese licensed production of CH-47 Chinooks for JGSDF and JASDF; was prime contractor for P-3C variants for JMSDF (now completed); also built MD Helicopters MD 500 under licence.
Subcontract work includes centre fuselage for Mitsubishi F-2; currently producing forward and centre-fuselage barrel sections and wing ribs for Boeing 767 and 777, plus rear centre wing box and rear pressure bulkhead for 777. Delivery of blended winglets for retrofit of early-model Boeing 737s (-300/400/500) began in October 2002. Acquisition of Nippi brings in additional component work for Boeing 747 (fuselage frames) and 777 (wing in-spar ribs and nosewheel doors); Mitsubishi F-2 (wing pylons); and Shin Maywa US-1AKai (main landing gear fairing). Kawasaki also responsible for design and sole-source manufacture of transmission for MD Helicopters Explorer; in 1999 signed agreement with Aerostructures of USA to manufacture cabin doors and tailcones for Bell/Agusta BA609. Risk-sharing partner on Embraer 170/175 and 190/195, for which wing components built by Kawasaki Aeronautica do Brasil in new Neiva-built facility 300 km (186 miles) north-west of Sao Jose dos Campos, inaugurated 24 April 2003. Nominated as prime contractor for maintenance and support of JASDF E-2C Hawkeyes, E-767 AWACS and C-130 Hercules.
Kawasaki also extensivety involved in satellites and launch vehicles; is member of International Aero Engines consortium and produces T53 and T55 engines under licence; overhauls engines; and bnilds hangars, docks, passenger bridges and other airport equipment.